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2 Northwest New Jersey men charged with human trafficking

HANOVER TOWNSHIP, NJ (Morris County) – Two Northwest New Jersey men were charged with human trafficking Thursday, according to Morris County Prosecutor Fredric Knapp.

William Wilson, 47, of Belvidere and Jeremiah Forde, 39, of  Budd Lake have been charged with first -degree human trafficking, first-degree conspiracy to commit human trafficking, third-degree promoting prostitution, and third-degree conspiracy to promote prostitution. Forde was also charged with three additional first-degree charges of human trafficking, Knapp said.

It is alleged that between September 2018 and November 2018, Forde and Wilson forced an adult female to engage in acts of prostitution out of a hotel located in Hanover Township. Both received all the proceeds that were made as a result of the sex acts the female engaged in, Knapp said.

Forde and Wilson allegedly manipulated the victim through the use of controlled dangerous substances.  Additionally, it is alleged that the victim was not free to leave the hotel due to fear of physical abuse at the hands of Forde, Knapp said.

Wilson is currently lodged at the Warren County Correctional Facility and Forde is currently lodged at the Morris County Correctional Facility in accordance with Criminal Justice Reform, Knapp said.

Anyone with information relating to these incidents or any related incident is asked to call Detective Martyna Ruminska of the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office at 973-285-6213 or Eric Prach of the Hanover Police Department at 973-428-2515.

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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